Enough خلص Khalas
- When 4 May - 14 Jul 2018
CNR OXFORD ST & GREENS RD PADDINGTON NSW 2021
TUES TO SAT, 10AM–5PM
+61 2 8936 0888
The word khalas in Arabic has a myriad of definitions including: ‘stop’ ‘finish’, ‘that’s all’, ‘it’s fine’ and ‘enough!’ Khalas is an informal word verbally exchanged between people but not present in formal Arabic literature.
This exhibition unapologetically explores the contemporary Australian Muslim experience in the now, through a series of contemporary works across a number of mediums. From the daily media beat-ups, to outright racist leadership taunts directed at Muslims, this modern day Orientalism relentlessly depicts Islamo-fascist terrorists, creeping Shariah and the fantasy of infantilised Muslim women.
Many Australian Muslims have had enough. Not only have they had enough, but they have decided they are enough. Khalas. This is a diverse exhibition that speaks with candour to the often cited but rarely interrogated social condition of Australian Muslims today.
Leila El Rayes
Abdullah M.I. Syed
and Shireen Taweel
Associate Professor Phillip George and Nur Shkembi
Australia to Arabia: Feminist Activism in the Arts
3pm Saturday 23 June 2018
This special panel discussion brings together exhibiting artists Ms Saffaa and Leila El Rayes with poet and human rights activist Sara Saleh to explore feminist activism and the agency of Muslim women artists, both locally and internationally. Sarah Malik, Deputy Editor of SBS Life, will moderate as panellists consider the role of women in social and political activism and the use of art as a catalyst for change.
This program will also launch the exhibition catalogue which features new writing from the co-curators of 'Enough خلص Khalas', UNSW Art & Design Associate Professor Phillip George and independent curator Nur Shkembi. The catalogue also includes writing from Dr Chrisoula Lionis, Research Fellow at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at University of Manchester, and Dr Uroš Čvoro, Senior Lecturer in Art Theory at UNSW Art & Design.